Theatre Royal Dumfries Building

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Theatre Royal Dumfries

New Scottish Arts Building, UK – design by RMJM Architects

15 Feb 2013

Theatre Royal Dumfries – News

Six historic sites across Scotland will receive funding totalling £587,049 through this grants scheme.

The scheme makes financial help available to property owners to meet the cost of high-quality repairs using traditional materials and specialist craftsman to conserve original features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest. In return, owners must maintain the building and allow some access to visitors.

Theatre Royal, Dumfries
£ 24,624
• This is the oldest theatre in use in Scotland and an extremely rare survival of an 18th century theatre, with connections to Robert Burns. Designed by local architect Thomas Boyd in 1790 – 2, and apparently modelled after the Theatre Royal in Bristol, the original building was a simple rectangular structure with a gabled front and a classical portico. This was a relatively standard pattern – for example the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh of 1869 was a more decorated version of the same.
Georgian theatres are extremely rare in Scotland and even in Britain.

20 Feb 2006

Dumfries Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Dumfries
Dumfries Theatre exterior image from RMJM

Design: RMJM Architects

Plans for a new Theatre Royal in Dumfries designed by award-winning architects RMJM have been approved by Dumfries and Galloway City Council. The new development will replace Scotland’s oldest working theatre, linked to famous Scots, poet Robert Burns and author JM Barrie. Over the past 200 years, the building has been subject to radical alterations, leaving very little of the original, 1792 theatre.

Following a series of proposals to the local planners, including the rebuilding of the theatre behind the existing façade, Dumfries and Galloway City Council finally gave the green light to the building of a new, modern facility on the existing site which can significantly contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of the area.

Dumfries Theatre
Dumfries Theatre interior image from RMJM

RMJM has worked in close partnership with Dumfries Theatre Royal Trust since 2002 on the long-running project. The bold new £7 million proposal aims to create an exemplary, state-of-the-art hub for the performing arts in Dumfries and south west Scotland. Facilities for the surrounding community will include a 300-seat flexible theatre, 100-seat studio space, a youth media centre, bar and restaurant.

The design of the new building shows the theatre wrapped in decorative, coloured steel cladding, etched with poems and texts, like a piece of sculptural art. At night the building will come to life when the theatrical texts are colourfully backlit to contrast with the theatre’s large urban windows which frame views of the patrons within. Internally, a play of light will reflect the words across the internal spaces.

Theatre Royal in Dumfries, Scotland – Building image / information from RMJM 20.02.06

Dumfries Theatre Royal – Update
Proposal abandoned by Client Mar 2006 due to Council pulling their funding

Theatre Royal Dumfries design : RMJM Architects


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Website: www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk